Shivaji Jayanti is the birthday of Shivaji Maharaj. This year Shivaji Jayanti will be celebrated on February 19, 2018. He is known as Shivaji in Maharashtra. This is celebrated in large-scale in Maharashtra. His name was kept Shivaji as his parents use to worship the local Goddess named Shivai. He was the creator of the Maratha nation. Shivaji Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Shivaji. Shivaji was the first one to analyse the power of naval forces. He is also known as the father of Indian Navy. He established a navy and forts at the coastline to defend Maharashtra on Konkan’s side.
This day is celebrated with pomp and great enthusiasm in the state of Maharashtra. Shivaji is considered as the greatest Maratha ruler who carved an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that became the start of the Maratha Empire. Shivaji was well-known for the military strength and his use of weapons. On the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti people dress up like him and as his associates. Shivaji Jayanti is an official statewide holiday in Maharashtra. Shivaji Jayanti is also celebrated in Goa and Karnataka with great zeal. There are processions and dramas enacted on the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji and speeches made on Shivaji Jayanti by prominent government officials on this day.
He not only retrieved the Hindu culture but also brought the Sanskrit and Maratha language back. People started using his language after he started preaching. He taught people who women are equal and should be given respect. Shivaji with his power and knowledge was able to set an empire. He is hero not only for the people of Maharashtra but also for the people of India as well. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji on his birth anniversary today.